Nishant Agarwal
  • The University of Western Australia (M250), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Mr Nishant Agarwal is currently a Lecturer of Accounting in the Accounting and Finance discipline of the UWA Business School. Nishant completed his doctoral studies in Accounting in June 2018 from the Indian School of Business (ISB), India. His other qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in engineering and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, a business school that ranks among the top 3 in India. Before his PhD, Nishant was teaching at India’s biggest private university (Amity University) as an Assistant Professor in Finance and Accounting. He also has 9 years of industry experience in a variety of areas such as risk management and strategy among others.

Nishant has published papers in A* and A journals such as the Euopean Accounting Review (EAR) and Pacific Basin Finance Journal, and has papers under review at journals such as Accounting, Organizations, and Society (AOS), EAR etc.

Research Interests: Nishant's research focusses on both management accounting and financial accounting. Within management accounting, the key area of interest is cost behavior, with the focus on both the determinants of and the capital market consequences of cost behavior. Within financial accounting, Nishant's focus is on textual disclosures and their influence on information environment of the firm.

Current projects


2021, "Asymmetric Cost Behavior and Stock Price Delay", under review at the European Accounting Review (EAR)

2021, "Information Environment and Cost Behavior", with Mani Sethuraman (Cornell University) and Abdul Khizer (Indian School of Business)

2021, "Cost Asymmetry and Linguistic Complexity of Annual Reports", with Sanjay Kallapur (Indian School of Business) and Abdul Khizer (Indian School of Business)

2020, "Volunteering for Smoke and Mirrors? A Study of the Voluntary Adoption of Accounting Standards", with Ranjani Krishnan (Michigan State University) and Luke Weiler (Michigan State University), under review at AOS

2020, “Cost Behaviour under Demand and Price Uncertainties”, with Sanjay Kallapur (Indian
School of Business) and Abdul Khizer (Indian School of Business)


Industrial relevance

Amity University - Assistant Professor Finance and Accounting, 2011-2013, India

American Express - Manager, Risk Modeling, 2007-2011, India

Unitech Developers -  Manager, Strategy, 2006-2007, India 

Tata Consultancy Services -  Software Engineer, 2002-2004, India

Funding overview

2018, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Incubator Grant

2019, AFAANZ ECR Grant

Education/Academic qualification

Accounting, Fellow in Management (doctoral qualification, equivalent to PhD), Indian School of Business

Award Date: 14 Jun 2018


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